JoAnn “Josie” (Garrison) McInerney

JoAnn “Josie” (Garrison) McInerney made her transition with her angels on September 14, 2013.

She was born in Joplin, Missouri on June 16, 1937, to Harleys W. and Elsie D. Garrison. The family later moved to Jefferson City. In 1955, she graduated from JCHS, and attended both Central Missouri State and University of Missouri.

Josie had a zest for life and a quick wit, liked a good cup of coffee, spicy food and an occasional Bloody Mary. This zest endearingly earned her the nickname of “Maxine” by her circle of close friends. Her middle name should have been “adventure”. She spent most of her early life enjoying and working in cities from coast to coast. During that time she married Preston Mangus, and resided in Texas until 1985, when she returned to Jefferson City to raise her two sons. She worked as a Contract Administrator for the State of Missouri, Division of Design and Construction, until her retirement in 1999.

From 1993 to 2005 she was married to John McInerney. They were wed in the Brisbane Australia Botanical Gardens, and most of their time together was spent traveling the world. Her fondest memories were of their wonderful adventures, from the Great Barrier Reef to Norway to Ireland to Tulum, spontaneously exploring unique places and festivities.

She will be sadly missed by her son Matthew Young Mangus, Jefferson City, MO, granddaughter Cassidy Jo Mangus, Moberly, MO, niece Vicky Schaeffer (Bud), St. Louis, MO, nephew Michael Garrison (Charlotte) Kansas City, MO, and many loving great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son Sean Garrison Mangus, and brother Billy Martin Garrison.

Josie will be remembered for her strong love of family and friends, her joy in living life to the fullest, her individuality, and her strength of character and beliefs.

A special thank you to Maria from Compasus Hospice for her kindness and compassionate nursing care, to all the wonderful people at Heisinger Bluffs who brought her comfort and smiles, and to all her friends for their concern and prayers.

A private memorial and celebration of her life is planned for early October.


  1. Oma Percival on September 21, 2013 at 7:48 am

    So sorry to hear about Josie. I worked with her at Design and Construction and loved her. She was the one that always kept us laughing. Remember her with fond memories.

  2. Tammra Roth on September 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    So sorry to learn of joann’s passing. She was a very kind loving person. I knew her through my late husband Kevin Roth. She was like a second mom to him and he loved her dearly. She will be missed.

  3. Virginia Boschert on September 24, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I am so sorry to learn of Josie’s death. My sincere condolences to each of you. Josie & I were close friends in high school & upon graduation we moved to Kansas City, & shared an apartment there for several years. In 1958 I married with Josie being my “maid of honor” in my wedding. I last saw her after her first son was born. I regret to say after marriage, & involved in starting families we lost contact. We had so much fun together, close friends, & I have such fond memories of her. I’m happy to know she had a good & full life —so, farewell to my dear friend & may she rest in peace in the wings of the angels.

  4. Frankie Ryan on September 24, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    I worked with Josie for 7 years at Design & Construction. She was a wonderful co-worker and good friend. We went as a work-group to her new house that she built with John, while I worked with her at D&C, for lunch and sometimes for dinners. I’ve often thought of her since her retirement in 1999 and always wished her the best in her travels. I remember she was so excited to go to Australia to marry John! They originally wanted to get married in Tahiti but that did not work out. I loved her “home” remedies, such as hot apple cider vinegar drinks for good health, and her “accu-pressure” messages she shared with all her co-workers. I’ve often thought of her during the last several years and wondered what she was up to and to where she was traveling! I was happy to learn she had a wonderful time during her travels with John. I know her family will miss her as will I. I will continue to remember the good times I had with her and will also keep her family in my prayers.

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